06/10/15 10:25 AM — (6/9/15 9:30 PM PDT)
I always find that long flight gives me time for much prayer and contemplation at the start of a trip. We are finishing the last leg of a 32 hour journal from LAX to Kathmandu, Nepal. Now, just two hours from landing I wonder what lies ahead of us? What joys, what triumphs, what battles and challenges? Every trip is full of all of these as we follow God’s call to go out into all the world be His witnesses. What a privilege it is to be an ambassador for Christ and to follow Him into all the world to share of His love!
On this trip we battle not only fleshly and spiritual forces but also the forces of nature and challenges of terrain. We are now at the beginning of the monsoon season. Normally a time of refreshment and crop growth after the devastating earthquake rain threatens to ruin food storage, expose families without homes to the elements and cause landslides which would hamper aid delivery. Also, monsoons can cause flooding which would make a bad situation even more disastrous. It also could hamper our access to the village of Swara that we are planning to go to. The only way into the village is either a 8 hour drive and 9 hour hike or a 20 minute helicopter ride. Bad rains could ground aircraft and make roads and trails impassable. It is our fervent prayer and hearts desire that we get into the village to provide them the life saving aid they need and the life giving message of the Gospel that some have already embraced.
There are also the spiritual battles from those that do not want the Gospel brought into these areas many of whom have never had the good news preached to them. They do not like us disrupting the status quo and would slander us in order to keep us quiet. Then there are those who out of greed would take the aid that we are bringing and try and confiscate it so they can sell it in the market places or use it for their own political aims. We are already beginning to see aid being delayed at the airport and a move to impose taxes on those goods which are being donated to help the people of Nepal.
|Matthew 10:16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.|
There is no situation where it is more important to be as Jesus said, “wise as serpents and gentle as doves.” We must have the discernment to know how to act and react in difficult situations and in all cases demonstrate humility and the love of Christ. Please pray for us that we would be good ambassadors of Christ and bring Him glory by all that we say and do.
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